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What Is It About The Weather?

A podcast series where we explore the various ways weather is intertwined into and impacts our lives. Weather itself is interesting and amazing, but what can be even more fascinating and intriguing is how much influence it actually has in our lives. Because there is much more to weather than the weather itself!



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What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 19, 2021 Mark T Jelinek
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We have discussed in the past the challenges Hollywood seems to have with doing weather well, so what makes Star Wars different? WIIATW Space Weather Episode - https://archive.org/details/WIIATWEP94 WIIATW Hollywood Weather Problems - https://archive.org/details/WIIATWEP86 STUDYING SKYWALKERS: THE MEANING OF WEATHER IN STAR WARS - https://www.starwars.com/news/the-meaning-of-weather-in-star-wars
Topics: Star Wars, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 12, 2021 Mark T Jelinek
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You may wonder, do you ever have a failed episode?  Yes...now let's discuss why that is. History of Valentine’s Day - https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2 A pioneering NASA mini weather satellite ends its mission - https://phys.org/news/2021-02-nasa-mini-weather-satellite-mission.html
Topics: void, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 5, 2021 Mark T Jelinek
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Have you ever wondered how weather is treated under the law?  Can you use weather as a defense?  Can you blame your forecaster for a bad forecast? When Nature Strikes Weather Disasters and the Law - https://www.google.com/books/edition/When_Nature_Strikes/blEMoIKX_0IC?hl=en Weather and the Law? - https://law.rwu.edu/library/blog/weather-and-law False weather reports - https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2074 The Heaviest Snowfall Records in the U.S. -...
Topics: law, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 29, 2021 Mark T Jelinek
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We have talked about how weather influences markets and even participants within.  How about investing directly in weather?  Or do you want to spice it up and gamble a bit? Weather Futures and Options - https://www.cmegroup.com/trading/weather/files/Weather_fact_card.pdf WIIATW EP114 - Is Weather A Market Mover? - https://archive.org/details/WIIATWEP114 Southest Tornado - https://twitter.com/MSUZeppfan/status/1353964814029221893 Scientists learn more about thundersnow from satellite imagery -...
Topics: money, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 22, 2021 Mark T Jelinek
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There is a quiz so no clues about the episode this week.
Topics: water, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 15, 2021 Mark T Jelinek
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AI has been creeping into weather forecast for years.  Do you trust a fully automated forecast or do you need the human touch? 20th Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science - https://annual.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/2021/program-events/conferences-and-symposia/20th-conference-on-artificial-intelligence-for-environmental-science/ Spain shovels out of snowdrifts left by Storm Filomena -...
Topics: artificial intelligence, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 8, 2021 Mark T Jelinek
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Are you familiar with the Blue Economy?  Ever thought about how it is impacted by the weather? The Caribbean can make waves with a blue ocean economy - https://blogs.iadb.org/sostenibilidad/en/the-caribbean-can-make-waves-with-a-blue-ocean-economy/ Bomb cyclone in northern Pacific Ocean breaks all-time records - https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/12/30/pacific-bomb-cyclone-record/
Topics: blue economy, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 25, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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You have probably heard about white noise but what about pink noise?  Pink noise might be beneficial to you, but what role does weather play? The Colors of Noise - https://www.soundproofcow.com/colors-of-noise/ There’s A Reason Why Some Of Us Feel Happier During Bad Weather - https://thoughtcatalog.com/katie-mather/2018/01/theres-a-reason-why-some-of-us-feel-happier-during-bad-weather/ What Is Pink Noise and How Does It Compare with Other Sonic Hues? -...
Topics: pink weather, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 18, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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How Powerful Are Weather Words? Affective Normative Data for English Weather Words - https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4433/11/8/860/htm Going to Extremes: Installing the World’s Highest Weather Stations on Mount Everest - https://journals.ametsoc.org/view/journals/bams/101/11/bamsD190198.xml?tab_body=fulltext-display How a team of weather-obsessed N.B. volunteers is contributing to daily forecasts - https://ca.news.yahoo.com/team-weather-obsessed-n-b-130000769.html
Topics: weather words, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 11, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Look at all the items you used today.  Have you ever thought about how weather influenced the process of creating it? Severe Weather and Manufacturing in America - https://www.businessfwd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2015-Update-Manufacturing-Report-.pdf The Impact of Temperature on Manufacturing Worker Productivity - http://ylu6.weebly.com/uploads/8/6/4/2/8642496/clw_weather_may2016.pdf Storm Geo: Manufacturing - https://www.stormgeo.com/solutions/cross-industries/manufacturing/ Winter...
Topics: weather and manufacturing, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 4, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Have you ever felt like certain types of weather impact your ability to breath?  How exactly does weather impact the ability to breath safely and efficiently? Why exercising in the cold hurts your lungs - https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/blog/why-exercising-in-the-cold-hurts-your-lungs 7 strategies to fight winter breathing problems - https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/7-strategies-to-fight-winter-breathing-problems How to protect your lungs on hot and humid days -...
Topics: weather and breathing, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 27, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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In this season of thanks and gratitude, are we grateful for the weather around us and its role in our life? The Science of Gratitude - https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Gratitude-FINAL.pdf Weather impacts expressed sentiment - https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195750 Thankful for our weather – here’s why - https://news.wsu.edu/2016/11/22/thankful-for-our-benign-weather/ The “Science” Behind “Geostorm”, the Newest...
Topics: weather gratitude, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 20, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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In the world of 'big data' we have begun to analyze what our personal data is worth.  Have you thought about your weather data? WMO Data Conference Outcome Material - https://meetings.wmo.int/WMO-Data-Conference/SitePages/Outcome%20Material.aspx What Are Data Brokers – And What Is Your Data Worth? - https://www.webfx.com/blog/internet/what-are-data-brokers-and-what-is-your-data-worth-infographic/ The Value Of Weather Data: Who Should Pay For Emerging Services? -...
Topics: weather data, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 6, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Exposure to air provides very visual reminders of its influence on metal, but how does weather impact this building block of the modern world? How does Cold Weather Climates Affect the Performance of Steel Equipment? - https://www.spartaengineering.com/how-does-cold-weather-climates-affect-the-performance-of-steel-equipment/ A heat wave made this bridge too swole to function - https://www.popsci.com/heat-wave-bridge-infrastructure/ MeteoTracker | The weather station that travels with you -...
Topics: weather & metal, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 30, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Honeybees like a good sunny day for gathering and pollinating, but can we use this as a way to forecast the weather?  RFID monitoring indicates honeybees work harder before a rainy day - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/284714080_RFID_monitoring_indicates_honeybees_work_harder_before_a_rainy_day Effects of electric charges on honeybees - https://bemri.org/publications/wildlife-and-plants/174-effects-of-electric-charges-on-honeybees/file.html Effects of meteorological factors on...
Topics: weather bees, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 23, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Lightning may not strike twice but how about millions of times?  Or is just twice enough to cause a curse? Relampago del Catatumbo - https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/relampago-del-catatumbo The Maracaibo beacon - https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/sensing-our-planet/the-maracaibo-beacon Elevation Map - https://en-gb.topographic-map.com/maps/3uaq/Zulia/ Famous Buccaneer: Francois L'Ollonais - http://www.thewayofthepirates.com/famous-buccaneers/francois-lollonais/
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What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 9, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Do you feel certain weather makes you sleepy or even keep you up at night?  How exactly does weather impact the quality of our ZZZZZZZs? 5 Weird Ways Cold Weather Can Mess With Your Sleep - https://www.bustle.com/p/5-ways-cold-weather-affects-your-sleep-that-you-might-not-expect-13013331 Feel Sleepy? Here's Why Stormy Weather Makes You Want To Snooze - https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2009-07-11-0907100282-story.html How a meteorologist is sending hope to Hurricane Laura victims...
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What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 2, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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We often think about weather events as very large scale, but like many things both its origins and impacts can be microscopic. The Effects of Microscopic Forces on Macroscopic Properties - https://study.com/academy/lesson/the-effects-of-microscopic-forces-on-macroscopic-properties.html How Microscopic Ocean Life May Help Make It Rain - https://www.wired.com/2014/08/ocean-dust-seed-clouds-rain/ How Freeze-Thaw Cycles Can Damage Asphalt Pavement -...
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What Is It About The Weather?
Sep 25, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Do you know the role weather plays in curing your sweet tooth?  No matter the season, weather plays a roll in influencing the many sources of sugary treats. Are Your Fruits and Veggies Bursting with Flavor? Thank the Drought - https://healthland.time.com/2012/07/27/are-your-fruits-and-veggies-bursting-with-flavor-thank-the-drought/ How Warm Weather Affects Sap Collection In Maple Trees - https://www.wpr.org/how-warm-weather-affects-sap-collection-maple-trees Can You Take Too Much Sap From A...
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What Is It About The Weather?
Sep 18, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Can weather improve your alertness or reaction time?  How does weather impact or ability to make decisions and stay aware? Cold temperature does not affect perceived exertion in males and females during submaximal cycling - http://www.sportscienceresearch.com/IJSEHR_202041_08.pdf The influences of meteorological factors on the health and functional state of human - https://www.scirp.org/html/20-8201572_41081.htm Effects of cold on human information processing: application of a reaction time...
Topics: reaction time, alertness, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Sep 11, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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What do you think about before you head on a shopping trip?  Does it include a weather check...even if you are shopping indoors? Influence of Warm versus Cool Temperatures on Consumer Choice: A Resource Depletion Account - https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2088973 Warmer or cooler: the influence of ambient temperature on complex choices - https://ideas.repec.org/a/kap/mktlet/v29y2018i3d10.1007_s11002-018-9461-x.html
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What Is It About The Weather?
Sep 4, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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We often associate weather with putting us in a bad mood or even depressed, but can weather actually make you happy? Links Weather and Individual Happiness - https://journals.ametsoc.org/wcas/article/5/1/70/842/Weather-and-Individual-Happiness How Birds Respond to Extreme Weather - https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147105/how-birds-respond-to-extreme-weather What It Takes To Verify The Hottest Temperatures On Earth -...
Topics: weather and happiness, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Aug 28, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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We know weather triggers animal migration, but is weather really a primary reason we migrate?  Do we place an amenity value on weather? Moving to nice weather - https://www.mackinac.org/archives/2011/Rappaport--Movingtoniceweather.pdf Migrating Birds Avoid Bad Weather — Which Makes Their Paths Predictable -  https://www.npr.org/2018/09/13/647464963/migrating-birds-avoid-bad-weather-which-makes-their-paths-predictable Birdcast - https://birdcast.info/
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What Is It About The Weather?
Aug 21, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Can accuracy and consistency both exists in weather forecasting?  Which is more important in keeping trust when developing a weather forecast? The Impact of Weather Forecast Inconsistency on User Trust - https://journals.ametsoc.org/wcas/article/12/4/679/348696/The-Impact-of-Weather-Forecast-Inconsistency-on It’s Better To Be Consistent Than Right — Consistency Covers a Wide Range of Product Design Sins - ...
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What Is It About The Weather?
Aug 14, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Certainly severe weather can make it hard to see well at times, but how does weather impact the colors we see every single day? The Mystery of Hibiscus Colors - https://www.hiddenvalleyhibiscus.com/misc/colors.htm Blue Sky - http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/atmos/blusky.html The Color of Clouds - https://www.weather.gov/jetstream/color How Weather Affects Fall Colors - https://www.thoughtco.com/how-weather-affects-fall-colors-3443701 What is a whiteout? -...
Topics: weather and vision, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Aug 7, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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When did WWII really start?  What role did weather play in its start? Central China flood, 1931 - https://disasterhistory.org/central-china-flood-1931 How Hurricanes Have Shaped the Course of U.S. History - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tracing-history-united-states-through-history-hurricanes-180975436/ Inter-war Period: Causes of WWII - https://inter-wars.weebly.com/japan-invades-manchuria-1931.html Invasion of Manchuria -...
Topics: weather and history, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Jul 31, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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There may be no industry with a more direct connection to weather than the construction industry.  How do they, if at all, utilize weather data in their project planning and management? Estimating weather impact on the duration of construction activities - http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.502.8859&rep=rep1&type=pdf Incorporating the effect of weather in construction scheduling and management with sine wave curves: application in the United Kingdom -...
Topics: construction and weather, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Jul 24, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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It is well known that weather extremes can impact prices of commodities, market segments or individual companies, but what about financial markets as a whole?  Can weather make market movers act even if in an irrational way? Weather-Induced Mood, Institutional Investors, and Stock Returns - https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2323852 Weather vs. the Stock Market - https://nycdatascience.com/blog/student-works/nyc-weather-affect-stock-market/ Statue Of Liberty lightening -...
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What Is It About The Weather?
Jul 17, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Does weather impact the cooking we do in our kitchen?  Can we adjust to keep weather from ruining our favorite treats? In the grain: Rain and bread -  https://www.jpost.com/in-jerusalem/in-the-grain-rain-and-bread-508087 How Much Does the Rainy Weather Affect Your Baking? - https://www.yummy.ph/lessons/baking/baking-in-humidity-rainy-weather Winter to summer yeast baking - https://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2018/06/22/winter-to-summer-yeast-baking The most powerful renewable energy -...
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What Is It About The Weather?
Jul 10, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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What does weather have to do with your current elevation?  Maybe nothing, but it sure is likely that if you are determining your elevation that measuring the weather is key. How Does An Altimeter Work? - https://www.boldmethod.com/learn-to-fly/systems/how-does-your-altimeter-work/ Understanding the altimeter - http://www.angelflightne.org/images/Docs/the_altimeter.pdf Ted Fujita: Mr. Tornado - https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/mr-tornado-ted-fujita/
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What Is It About The Weather?
Jul 3, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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COVID has had many far reaching impacts.  Is it possible that one of those impacts is the quality of our weather forecasts? Grounded aircraft could make weather forecasts less reliable - https://phys.org/news/2020-05-grounded-aircraft-weather-reliable.html The WMO AMDAR Observing System -  https://community.wmo.int/activity-areas/aircraft-based-observations/amdar Drop in aircraft observations could have impact on weather forecasts - ...
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What Is It About The Weather?
Jun 26, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Do you love summer so much that you crave its arrival?  Is this memory driven response, related to body chemicals or something even more fundamental? Your DNA Changes With the Seasons, Just Like the Weather - https://www.wired.com/2015/05/dna-changes-seasons-just-like-weather/ Widespread seasonal gene expression reveals annual differences in human immunity and physiology - https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms8000 Hottest Arctic temperature record likely set in Siberian town - ...
Topics: summer cravings, podcast, weather, What Is It About The Weather, @WIIATW, Mark T Jelinek
What Is It About The Weather?
Jun 19, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Many types of weather can lead to those dreaded weather delays, but which types of weather are the most dangerous for today's large jets? Ted Fujita: Mr. Tornado - https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/mr-tornado-ted-fujita/ Snow plowing in June? - Glacier NPS https://www.flickr.com/photos/glaciernps/albums/72157713900310191 Christina Edwards - Golden Tornadoes - https://www.instagram.com/christinawhntwx/
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Jun 12, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Getting the weather right in a movie can certainly be a tricky thing, particularly when snow is involved.  Getting those winter scenes just right can be important to conveying theright mood, but mother nature does not always want to cooperate.  What happens when she doesn't? The Crazy Tricks Early Filmmakers Used To Fake Snow - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crazy-tricks-early-filmmakers-used-fake-snow-180961522/ Lack of Buffalo snow prompts movie crew to bring it in themselves -...
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Jun 5, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Enhancements in technology have helped improve weather forecasting for many years, but now we are facing a clash between technology advancement and weather forecasts.  Will our push into 5G technology set us back decades in weather forecasting? Top 5 ways 5G will change things - https://www.techrepublic.com/article/video-top-5-ways-5g-will-change-things/ Global 5G deal poses significant threat to weather forecast accuracy, experts warn -...
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What Is It About The Weather?
May 29, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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You would think that anyone who was going to build a ski resort that they would consider the weather...right?  Well apparently they don't always do that or if they do maybe they just block it out in their mind. How New York Lost its Marble - https://www.albany.edu/asrc/assets/MarbleMtnArticle.pdf THE ASRC WHITEFACE MOUNTAIN FIELD STATION - https://www.albany.edu/asrc/wfm.php Did You Think About The Weather Before You Did That? - https://archive.org/details/WIIATWEP74 What Is It About The...
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What Is It About The Weather?
May 22, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Did weather change how we travel through the air?  In 1937 the airship Hindenburg caught fire during its landing in NJ.  Was weather to blame and did it bring about the end of airships as an effective air travel method? The Hindenburg Disaster - https://www.thoughtco.com/the-hindenburg-disaster-104703 May 6, 1937: The Hindenburg Disaster - http://scitechwriting.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/92026086/ContentServer.pdf Weather That Changed History : D-Day (May 2016) -...
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May 15, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Do you suffer from weather related fatigue?  How is it different from normal fatigue?  What signs are there for this type of stress fatigue?  How might we leverage similar situations we are dealing with related to the COVID pandemic? What Is Stress-Related Fatigue? - https://www.healthcentral.com/article/stress-and-fatigue Study Examines Effects of Hurricane Fatigue on Employees, Businesses in Florida -...
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What Is It About The Weather?
May 8, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Have weather forecasts reached a state where we trust and rely on them too much?  Are they really good enough to allow us to plan days in advance for time sensitive tasks?  Or will they just let us down when we need them most? Advances in weather prediction -     https://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6425/342 Why Your Local Weather Forecast Is Going To Get Better -     https://www.npr.org/2019/06/13/732338906/why-your-local-weather-forecast-is-going-to-get-better
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May 1, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Weather Does COVID Like? - EP 102 In this time of abnormal, we want to connect things to 'normal'. So is the connection of COVID to seasonal flu one we can make? Is seasonal flu even connected to the weather? Climate Influences on Specific Diseases - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK222258/ The Reason for the Season: why flu strikes in winter - http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2014/the-reason-for-the-season-why-flu-strikes-in-winter/ Temperature,...
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What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 23, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Weathering Time? - EP101 Time for unhiatus!
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Feb 26, 2020 Mark T Jelinek
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Do you find your weather has a certain smell?  Is it pleasant, is it nasty? Why does this happen? Storm Scents: It's True, You Can Smell Oncoming Summer Rain - https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/storm-scents-smell-rain/ Geosmin: Why We Like The Smell Of Air After A Storm - https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/07/28/geosmin-why-we-smell-air-after-storm-13240 Chemical interactions with snow: Understanding the behavior and fate of semi-volatile organic compounds in snow -...
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May 25, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Do You Do At 100? - EP100 What Is It About The Weather? turns 100!
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What Is It About The Weather?
May 18, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - When Doesn't Weather Change History? - EP099 Certainly weather has shaped history on a global scale, but weather impacts lives every single day. Are there examples of cases where the impacts have been important for a local area or region such that it shaped the future? Some useful links: Great Storm of 1900 brought winds of change https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/history/article/Great-Storm-of-1900-brought-winds-of-change-7724171.php One legacy of the...
Topics: When Doesn't Weather Change History?, Galveston Hurricane, Waco Tornado, weather and history
What Is It About The Weather?
May 11, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Do You Prefer Your Turf With A Touch Of Rain? - EP098 Weather certainly impacts just about anything we do outdoors including sports, sometimes in positive ways and other times creating chaos. Soccer is not only dominate the world over, but it is clearly linked to the world of weather. But do you really understand the connections? In this episode we look at how important weather is in the soccer played around the globe. Some useful links: Titleist R&D on...
Topics: Do You Prefer Your Turf With A Touch Of Rain?, weather and sports
What Is It About The Weather?
May 4, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Do Plants Ride Out The Weather? - EP097  What would you do to survive weather extremes if you could not move? Plants don't have the luxury of seeking shelter when bad weather comes, so how do they survive those extremes? Some useful links: How Trees Survive Extreme Cold (Or Not) https://www.howplantswork.com/2014/01/29/how-trees-survive-extreme-cold-or-not/ Do Plants Change the Weather?...
Topics: How Do Plants Ride Out The Weather?, plants, adaptation
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 27, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - How Finicky Is That Produce? - EP096 How sensitive is agriculture to small changes in weather? For a long time we have understood the idea of microclimates, but did you know that it plays a meaningful role in the foods and beverages we consume? Some useful links: The ‘micro-climate’ that turned Monticello into an agricultural sweet spot...
Topics: How Finicky Is That Produce?, microclimate, agriculture
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 20, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can We Beat Weather? - EP095 Can we overcome weather? Or can we at least push back a little? In this episode we explore some areas where we use our brains to at least keep weather at bay when needed. Here are some useful links: Living Snow Fences: Functions and Benefits http://www.extension.umn.edu/environment/agroforestry/components/UMN-Extension-LivingSnowFences.pdf StormSmart Properties Fact Sheet 6: Sand Fencing...
Topics: Can We Beat Weather?, snow fence, snow brake, snow guard, sunscreen, skywarn
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 13, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Would You Trade Earth's Weather? - EP094 Earth weather can be hostile and deadly, but is it really all that bad? Would you trade earth weather for that on another planet or moon in our solar system? We discuss what your options might be in this episode. Here are some links you might want to flip through: List of Solar System objects by size https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Solar_System_objects_by_size Diamond Rain May Fill Skies of Jupiter and Saturn...
Topics: Would You Trade Earth's Weather?, planetary weather, diamond rain
What Is It About The Weather?
Apr 6, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can We Cheat Weather? - EP093 We have spent much time and effort in our attempts to modify ourselves and things around us to minimize weather impacts. We have also worked for decades to modify the weather with as many failures as successes. How about cheating weather? Can we be a bit more sneaky ... and successful, in surprising weather? Some useful links: SafeSpaceSelfie https://www.weather.gov/wrn/safeplaceselfie Note to azaleas: Chill...
Topics: Can We Cheat Weather?, cheating weather
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 30, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can Weather Spark Life? - EP092 We all understand the key role that weather plays in creating life. When it comes to severe weather however, we often focus on the danger, destruction and death that they deliver. But is that fair? Take something like lightning ... is it just a source of danger? In this episode we explore the role lightning places in creating life. Some links from this episode: Past lightning related episodes Smell of rain -...
Topics: Can Weather Spark Life?, lightning, bacteria, orange snow, green rain, National Weather Podcast...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 23, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can Weather Information Be Mobile And Consistent? - EP091 Communicating weather information is challenging even in the best situations. How do we do this well in the mobile era with so little space and small absorption time? How do we make sure there appropriate consistency between varied sources so that people don't get conflicting information during key decision making moments? Not an easy thing to do, but we discuss some ideas in this episode. Useful links:...
Topics: Can Weather Information Be Mobile And Consistent?, mobile weather, Minh Phan, Castle Williams,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 16, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did Weather Give Us The United States? - EP090 Did Weather Give Us The United States? Kind of a big question to answer and maybe not easy to do. However, in this episode we explore the formative stages of the colonies that would come together and revolt against a distant monarch. Was weather a key element of their eventual success? Episode related links: The Fog That Saved An Army http://1776history.com/2014/08/31/the-fog-that-saved-an-army/ Weather That Changed...
Topics: Did Weather Give Us The United States?, Battle of Long Island, George Washington, fog, weather that...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 9, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Can Weather Change Time? - EP089 Can Weather Change Time? Since the marriage of Mother Nature and Father Time, weather and time have had a long history. From Daylight Saving Time to UTC to conservation of angular momentum, we dig into the intertwined nature of weather and time. But can weather change time ... have a listen to find out. Here are some links from the episode: Bad Weather Makes For Long Days...
Topics: Can Weather Change Time?, weather and time, daylight saving time, WeatherBrains, Coriolis effect,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Mar 2, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Is Weather A Stress Reliever? - EP088 How does being out in the weather make you feel? How about just the sounds of weather and nature? Do they help relieve stress or calm you down? In this episode we explore the idea of how weather and nature sounds can help ease tension and stress in your life. Some useful links from the episode: Mind-wandering and alterations to default mode network connectivity when listening to naturalistic versus artificial sounds...
Topics: Is Weather A Stress Reliever?, weather and stress, WeatherHype, Minh Phan, Castle Williams,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 23, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did Weather Save My Life? - EP087 Can weather save lives? So often we explore impacts that have unfortunate or negative outcomes on lives, but not everything is negative. Weather and our understanding of weather can play important and positive roles in our lives. In this episode we explore how our the discovery of the barometer would change our understanding of how we breath and making sure we can. Here are some links you may find informative from this episode:...
Topics: Did Weather Save My Life?, CPAP, Colin Sullivan, skin cancer, Sleep Apnea, Hurricane Heist,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 16, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Why Can't Hollywood Get Weather Right? - EP086 Why don't we get more good weather movies? Is something wrong with weather as a key element or core plot? In this episode we explore why Hollywood so often disappoints when it comes to delivering on the weather front. Is it possible to change this? Is weather just too easy of a cheap thrill or can we ever get regularly produced quality weather movies? Here are some links from the episode: A meteorologist reviews...
Topics: Why Can't Hollywood Get Weather Right?, weather movies, Hollywood and weather, Geostorm
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 9, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Are We Losing Our Universal Language? - EP085 Weather has long been a part of our language, but is it losing its critical place in our conversations? Is weather becoming too emotionally charged to utilize it as a basic construct in conversations? In this episode we explore the role of weather in our communication process and how it might be changing. Is language like fashion, or the weather?...
Topics: Are We Losing Our Universal Language?, weather and language
What Is It About The Weather?
Feb 2, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weaher? - Do Weather & Energy Have A Renewable Relationship? - EP084 Weather and Energy have a long history together. What does the future of that relationship look like? Smooth sailing or rocky roller coaster? We explore both the past and the future of this fundamental relationship in the this episode. A few links for you: Renewables and the future of energy meteorology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wea.2066/full In The Elements...
Topics: Do Weather & Energy Have A Renewable Relationship?, weather and energy, renewable energy,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 26, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Is A Quality Weather Forecast A Inalienable Right? - EP083 If life is an inalienable right, then what falls into the category of steps to ensure that basic human right is protected legally? Do weather forecasts fall into that category? Do weather forecasts not provide critical information to preserve 'life'? And if they do, at what point do we step beyond protection and into useful information and is that a global construct? Join us in pondering this issue. A...
Topics: Is A Quality Weather Forecast A Inalienable Right?, inalienable right, unalienable right, natural...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 19, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Is Weather The Reason I Have The Flu? - EP082 Each year millions around the globe deal with severe cases of the flu. So is weather to blame? Is weather a cause of you catching the flu? Does weather influence how flu spreads around the globe each year? Let's dive into the issue and try to get to the bottom of the flu/weather connection. Some useful links related to this episode: Flu is spreading fast this year, with a severe season possible...
Topics: Is Weather The Reason I Have The Flu?, weather and flu, influenza transmission, weather and...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 12, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Why Did I Get That Weather? - EP081 Many places on the earth tend to experience a specific range of weather types, but what about when the unusual happens? In the past we have explored these limits, but what about when things seek outside the norms? Here are some links from this episode: Us Fleet Preparations - Tornadoes & Waterspouts https://www.cnic.navy.mil/content/dam/cnic/cnrj/cfa_okinawa/pdfs/NEO/Tornados/Tornado%20Pamplet.pdf Hawaii Ski Guide...
Topics: Why Did I Get That Weather?, rare weather, Castle Williams, Minh Phnan, Dakota Smith, WeatherHype,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Jan 5, 2018 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Do Meteorologists Confer Like Everyone Else? - EP080 So what exactly happens at a weather conference? Is it just a bunch of meteorologists giving weather forecasts one after the other? In this episode we explore the world of weather conferences and in particular the upcoming AMS Annual Meeting where our host will discuss the results of the recent survey many of you participated in. You can also get a seek peak at the results in this episode, so take a listen!...
Topics: Do Meteorologists Confer Like Everyone Else?, #AMS2018, American Meteorological Society,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 29, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? - The Delivery - EP079 We wrap up our series on where our weather forecasts come from. In this last phase of the process, the delivery, we explore the challenges and future changes to look for as your weather forecast source does its best to turn the fire hose of weather forecast inputs into a coherent and accurate forecast for you. Like digging deeper?  Here are some links for you: Last Chance At The Survey...
Topics: Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? - The Delivery, weather forecast, forecast delivery,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 22, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Does Cold Weather Make Us More Charitable? - EP078 Does weather play a role in your charitable giving? In particular, does cold weather make you more likely to help others or give to a worthy cause? In this winter season, we explore the connection between weather and how likely we are to donate to charities in this episode. Here are some links for those of you wanting to do a deeper dive: Please take the survey http://www.WhatIsItAboutTheWeather.com/survey Red...
Topics: Does Cold Weather Make Us More Charitable?, weather and charity, salvation army, altruism and warmth
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 15, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did Weather Give Us The Statue Of Liberty? - EP077 Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was a bit of a jab at Napoleon? Maybe you have heard that the march into Russia in 1812, was the start of Napoleon's demise. You may have also heard about some brutal weather Napoleon's forces faced as it traveled from Moscow back home. However, was weather really the reason Napoleon failed to win the war with Russia? Was weather really the reason that Napoleon would fall...
Topics: Did Weather Give Us The Statue Of Liberty?, Napoleon, Russia, weather and history, weather that...
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 8, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Where Does My Forecast Come From? - The Corrections - EP076 Have you ever wondered where your weather forecast actually comes from? How about how much it changes from when the model spits it out and you actually receive it? Many forecasts that reach you will have undergone some sort of correction to improve its quality. Post processing is a common element of the forecasting routine. Using statistics through techniques like MOS can make a big difference in...
Topics: Where Does My Forecast Come From? - The Corrections, better forecast, post processing, MOS, model...
What Is It About The Weather?
Dec 1, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Does Your Weather Equation Look Like? - EP075 Do you ever think about your relationship with weather in terms of an equation? Maybe you should. From simple aspects of how weather makes you feel to the more complex evaluation of how you act when potentially dangerous weather is forecast. Understanding a logical course of behavior can be very useful to have handy during dangerous situations to minimize missteps and potentially even panic responses. Here are...
Topics: What Does Your Weather Equation Look Like?, survey, weather ready nation, weather equation
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 24, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Did You Think About The Weather Before You Did That? - EP074 Do you always pay attention to the weather? How about when it looks like clear skies are likely? Some seem to and clearly some others should, especially if they are in the demolition or nuclear waste industries! In this episode, we take a look at how seemingly benign high pressure systems can actually cause lots of problems. Here are some links to explore if you want to dig a bit more into topics from...
Topics: Did You Think About The Weather Before You Did That?, common sense, high pressure, subsidence,...
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 17, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Who Do You Trust? - EP073  Trust factors influences many aspects of our decision making process, and it is no different with weather. Who do you trust to educate you about weather? Who do you trust to prepare you for weather? Who do you trust to protect you from weather? Who do you trust to save you during weather? Who do you trust to get you out of weather? If you want to dig into the topics from this episode, here are some links for you: To reassure Cubans, a...
Topics: Who Do You Trust?, trust, weather trust, meteorologist trust
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 10, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? – The Models - EP072 Have you ever wondered where your weather forecast actually comes from? The ways in which we receive our weather forecasts has changed quite a bit over the last two decades, from the delivery, to the creators, to even the sources of weather information. So how does it really happen, from the first measurement of temperatures near me to the forecast days or months out? We now move to the next step...
Topics: Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? – The Models, numerical weather prediction, weather...
What Is It About The Weather?
Nov 3, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Who's Too Sensitive? - EP071 We certainly live in a time of increased sensitivity to issues as well as one that is more provocative.  This disruptive time creates an interesting environment in particular for high profile weather forecasted events as well as strong criticism of when the forecasts fail to live up to expectations of the recipient.  Are the criticisms justified?  Or are people unfairly attacking meteorologists?  How do we get to a balance of...
Topics: Who's Too Sensitive?, sensitivity, complaints, disruption
What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 27, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Spooky or Scary? Weather That Is - EP070 What weather do you find spooky? How about scary? Is there a difference between the two? Does it matter? We explore the idea of weather that may put you on edge or just scare the beejeebers out of you! Some useful links from this episode: On the nature of creepiness http://scottbarrykaufman.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/McAndrew-Koehnke-2016.pdf 10 of the spookiest weather phenomena...
Topics: Spooky or Scary? Weather That Is, spooky weather, scary weather, creepy weather
What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 20, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? - The Data - EP069 Have you ever wondered where your weather forecast actually comes from? The ways in which we receive our weather forecasts has changed quite a bit over the last two decades, from the delivery, to the creators, to even the sources of weather information. So how does it really happen, from the first measurement of temperatures near me to the forecast days or months out? We will explore this topic in a...
Topics: Where Does My Weather Forecast Come From? - The Data, forecast origins, weather forecasts, weather...
What Is It About The Weather?
Oct 13, 2017 Mark T Jelinek
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What Is It About The Weather? - What Do You Do When Weather Comes After You? - EP068 When dangerous weather is headed toward you, how prepared are you? What will you do if you find yourself stuck in dangerous weather situation or trying to deal with an event you were impacted by? We dive into the idea of what you might want to think about when planning for weather events that might be looming in your future. Here are a few links if you are interested in the topic: The Extreme Weather Survival...
Topics: What Do You Do When Weather Comes After You?, weather protection, weather safety, extreme weather